Fr. Aidan Writes:
This Sunday we celebrate Epiphany, that moment when the three Magi bring their gifts and represent the whole world beyond the Judaism into which Jesus was born. We often use the term, “I had an Epiphany moment”, to mean something became clear, revealed and true to us. At Epiphany, Jesus is revealed as truth to all. The three gifts of the Magi represent three aspects of the person of Jesus: the gold his royalty, the incense his priesthood and the myrrh his prophetic nature. We also share these characteristics through our baptism. Perhaps at the start of 2023, we might think about these baptismal characteristics and how best each of us might live and express them more fully this year. The Feast of Epiphany is followed this year, on Monday, by the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord; this is the close of the Christmas Season.
I want to thank the many people who have made our celebrations of the Christmas season so joyful: our Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Choirs, Servers, Decorators and “Lighting Engineers!” Many people have commented to me on how beautiful the church and the gathering area have looked this season.
The pastors and staff want to thank everyone for the many cards and gifts we have received. We have enough biscuits, etc. to see us through to Ash Wednesday I think!
Well, I hope you haven’t broken your New Year’s resolutions yet!
Fr Aidan-Peter CJ
May God bless you, your families, and the week ahead,
Fr Aidan Peter